My Writing Process

February 9, 2019 AndreaP1224

After reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Draft” and Murakami’s “The Running Novelist”, I couldn’t help but to think about my process as a writer. In relation to Lamott’s essay, I also have to write a terrible first draft in order to write an even better second draft. I’ve done good work on first drafts before, but that’s normally when I’m writing a short story. Even with my short stories, I have to revise them, no matter how good the first piece is. When it comes to essays, it’s extremely rare that I ever write a good first draft. Because, essays make me cringe, and the rules to writing them scares me a little. I believe that’s the reason why I don’t do very well on my first draft essays is because I NEVER feel confident walking into them. Hell, I only feel like 10% confident walking into writing a short story. I just have an idea in my head and I write it on paper. And a lot of the time, it’s not the most articulate or pleasant to read.

In relation to Murakami’s essay, He speaks of some writers having a natural talent and himself being one of the writers who do not have that natural talent. While it comes natural for me to write stories, I do feel that sometimes it is hard to write my ideas down. Because I become self conscious of how they sound. I just have to let go and write sometimes, but when I finish writing, I find myself holding my stories hostage and being scared to share them with the world because I personally don’t feel they’re worthy of reading. When it comes time to share my stories with a class, I get mixed feelings. Even if I put what I feel is my best work forward, I still have this belief that maybe, just maybe, it sucks ass!

What helps me with overcoming difficulties during the writing process is by splattering all my ideas on paper, then organizing them. Sometimes, I get very hell bent on getting EVERYTHING right the first time, that I butcher the original idea and almost end up writing something generic. I’ll end up getting scared that my ideas may not sound cool to other people. The best thingĀ  ever did was let go, just write, then figure it out when I’m done. When I let go, the ideas are much more organic. Once they’re on paper, I start seasoning them and putting them in the right order. That’s how my “best” writings came along.


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  • 1. Eunjeong Lee  |  February 11, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Your writing process seems very similar to mine, except that I went through a lot more changes in my writing process and I need a lot more motivation and preparation to draft my writing. It is still extremely difficult for me to show my writing to others like you do. I just tell myself these days doing so is part of being a good writer, which helps me tiny bit to feel better about myself!

  • 2. KelvinYQC  |  February 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I totally understand. Every single of my first drafts are atrocious. But everytime I finish a draft, I can’t help but be disappointed. So I edit, and I still am disappointed. Then I remember the “practice makes perfect” saying, and it’s super old and all that but it’s heard commonly for a reason, at least that’s what I tell myself. So more drafts means a more refined final product, and it is certain to be worth it at the end.

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